Firmware Friday: Fuji pulls X-T1 patch, bug-fixes X-T3; updates from Canon, Panasonic and Sigma, too


posted Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:24 PM EDT


This week, our regular Firmware Friday roundup returns with news of new firmware for five different camera models and four lenses, as well as something a little more unusual: The withdrawal of a piece of firmware we'd already covered in a previous roundup. If you're a Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic or Sigma shooter, you'll want to read on now. If not, perhaps you'd like to peruse our just-published Nikon Z6 first shots or our second field test of the Nikon Z7, instead?

For those of you who're still with us, let's take a look at what's new!

Canon Cinema EOS C200 and C200B

Starting off this week with Canon, the company has issued two firmware updates for the closely-related Cinema EOS C200 and C200B video cameras. (Download here for the C200, and here for the C200B.) The list of changes is the same for both, including a mixture of new features, tweaks and bug fixes as follows:

  1. A Continuous Recording function has been added allowing for nonstop recording.*1

  2. Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:

    • EF Cinema Lens: CN-E20mm T1.5 L F

    • EF Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM

  3. For LUTs that can be applied to output footage, official support for the ITU-R BT.2100 standard and ITU-R BT.2408 report have been added for the following terminals:.Changes have been made so that the [HDR: PQ] and [HDR: HLG] base luminance corresponds to Diffuse White (100%) being 203nits*2.

    1. SDI terminal

    2. HDMI OUT terminal

  4. Support for the [Reset] function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set, has been added.

  5. When using an assignable button, the White Balance setting will be maintained after the power has been turned off.

  6. Fixes a phenomenon that occurs on cameras with firmware versions to in which resolution appears to be reduced in SD card recordings and in external outputs when shooting with specific menu settings*3.
    *1 When using the continuous recording function, only MP4 format/1920x1080 resolution is possible.
    *2 The HLG output is the brightness in the case of displaying on a 1000nits monitor.
    *3 Specific menu settings:

    • When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [3840x2160 YCC420 8 bit].

    • When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [1920x1080 YCC420 8 bit], and [Slow Motion Recording] is activated.

    • When [Resolution/Color Sampling] is set to [1920x1080 YCC420 8 bit], and the digital tele-converter and EF-S lens correction are activated.

Fujifilm X-T1, X-T3 and misc. software

Next up, we come to Fujifilm, which has updated firmware for one camera, withdrawn it for another, and also issued new versions of three software utilities. Firstly and most importantly, the firmware version 5.50 update for the Fuji X-T1 which we told you about last week has been withdrawn from release. The reason for this is a bug which prevents both zoom and manual focus operation with the XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens. All other lenses are unaffected, and Fuji says that it plans to reissue the update with a fix for this new problem as soon as it can.

Fuji has also issued firmware version 1.02 for the X-T3 mirrorless camera (download here), which incorporates three changes as follows:

  1. The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases, the buttons cannot be used while using histogram display or sports finder.

  2. The phenomenon is fixed that in rare cases, RAW image cannot be recorded normally under a certain conditions (Sports finder mode, continuous shooting with electronic shutter and so on)

  3. Fix of slight defects.

Finally, the MacOS versions of Fuji X Acquire version 1.13.0, Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v1.13.0 and the Tether Plugin Pro for GFX for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC v1.13.0 all make the same single change. As of these releases, MacOS 10.14 Mojave is now supported. Click the product names to access the downloads.

Panasonic FT7 and TS7

Moving along to Panasonic, the company has issued firmware version 1.1 for the closely-related DC-FT7 and DC-TS7 digital cameras. The update, which you can download here, is said to improve autofocus performance, and makes no other changes.

Sigma 17-70mm and 18-200mm Contemporary for Canon; MC-11 mount converters

All of which brings us to Sigma, where we find four updates this week: One apiece for the 17-70mm and 18-200mm Contemporary lenses in their Canon-mount variants, and one each for the EF-E and SA-E versions of the MC-11 mount converter. Both lens updates add support for Canon's in-camera lens aberration correction function with many recent bodies, resolving image quality issues that would previously occur if the function was enabled with either lens. You'll need Sigma's USB dock accessory and a copy of its Optimization Pro application to install the update. TheSA-E and EF-E variants of the MC-11 mount converter, meanwhile, add support for lenses running the latest firmware, and is also installable using Optimization Pro.

And that's all for this week. Be sure to check back next time for more Firmware Friday news!

(Camera parts image courtesy of Kelly Hofer / Flickr; used under a Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0 license. Image has been modified from the original.)